Google has opened its cloud-based database service called Cloud SQL to the public. CloudSQL is a MySQL database that lives in Google’s cloud. It has nearly all the capabilities and functionality of MySQL but user-defined functions are not supported at the moment. According to Google, by being hosted in the cloud, the databases are replicated in multiple locations in the US and Europe for better availability and durability.

CloudSQL also supports Java and Python and support for MySQL wire protocol and MySQL connectors. Databases can be imported or exported using mysqldump.

CloudSQL’s data is encrypted on Google’s internal networks and when stored in database tables and temporary files. But encryption of backups is not yet implemented.

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